Paynetown State Recreation Area

  • 4850 S. State Road 446
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • (812) 837-9546

This state operated recreational area on the northeast side of Monroe Lake offers electric and non-electric camping, a beach, boat rental service, a marina with gas sales and a camp store. The DNR-staffed Interpretive Center is located near the park entrance. Entrance fee or state park pass required.

Monroe Lake is also known locally as Lake Monroe and Monroe Reservoir.

Ghostly Gathering

Monroe Lake’s popular Halloween event, Ghostly Gathering, returns to Paynetown State Recreation Area on Friday, Oct. 23 thru Sunday, Oct. 25. Given the current health situation, the event has been redesigned this year with all-outdoor programming that allows for social distancing.... Learn more